The Athens of America will get a chance to bid for the Olympics.

The USOC picked Boston on Thursday as its bid city for the 2024 Summer Games. The city will be presented to the International Olympic Committee for a vote in 2017. Rome also is in the bidding, along with Hamburg or Berlin, Germany. France and Hungary also are considering bids.

Boston's bid enlists the area's 100 colleges and universities _ and their existing and envisioned athletic facilities _ as potential hosts for Olympic venues. The city lacks a main Olympic stadium and would probably build a temporary one.

The group No Boston Olympics held a rally on the Boston Common Thursday night. It says an Olympics would take resources away from more important priorities.

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